We are pleased to announce that Shimon B. Kahan joined the firm on January 1, 2021 and that the firm name has changed to LaBarge, Campbell, Lyon & Kahan, LLC. Mr. Kahan has represented hundreds of truck-transportation companies, retailers, public utilities, and product manufacturers via assignments both from self-insured companies and from insurance carriers over the past 29 years. His experience includes the defense of tort claims as well as breach of contract and insurance matters. From incident response through appeal, he handles all phases of litigation throughout state and federal court in Illinois, including over a dozen trials and nearly three dozen appeals. He has been a speaker on multiple panels for the Trucking Industry Defense Association and served as a CLE instructor for the Claims and Litigation Management Alliance. He has authored or co-authored articles for TLA, TIDA, NATMI, and the Michigan Defense Quarterly. He is a certified arbitrator for FINRA, TLA, Cook County Commercial Arbitration, and the Chicago Better Business Bureau (2012 Arbitrator of the Year). He has been selected by his peers and included in SuperLawyers, LeadingLawyers, and Top Attorneys on multiple occasions. He is also admitted to practice in Wisconsin and has on occasion represented clients in Wisconsin state and federal court. Mr. Kahan can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our attorneys are on the forefront of litigating the discoverability of social media data. On March 8, 2016, Judge Gilbert of the Northern District of Illinois ruled on a motion to compel filed by partners, Michael R. LaBarge and Camilla Pollock-Flynn, in a complex wrongful death action. Our attorneys sought disclosure of the decedent’s and her family members’ Facebook data to evaluate the next of kin’s damages. Attorneys LaBarge and Pollock-Flynn argued that decedent’s social media records were discoverable because the decedent communicated with her family via Facebook and the decedent’s mother posted several statements about decedent after the accident. The Court denied our motion to compel but indicated that a more narrowly drawn request would be appropriate and gave us time to revise our production request. This opinion is important because there are very few cases in Illinois that discuss the discoverability of social media information and this opinion unequivocally recognizes that social media data, like Facebook, is relevant and discoverable.
This hot button issue made headlines in the Chicago Law Bulletin (PDF) and FOX News (PDF, Video) interviewed Attorney LaBarge for a recent segment on its local news.